Nestled in the lower elevation of Oregon's Cascade Mountains lies a temperate rain forest. It is here that the Trail of Ten Falls can be found. The trail and the falls descend to a forest floor covered with ferns, mosses, and wildflowers. You will also find stands of Douglas fir, hemlock, and cedar. While thousands visit the park every year, it is large enough for you to find quiet places to sit and watch for birds.
This hike is almost too good to be true. After the second waterfall its difficult not to feel aesthetically spoiled. If you plan on completing the loop, prepare for a 4-5 hr day. This is definitely the most family friendly hike I've encountered as the trail is very well maintained and accessible to people of all skill sets. The loop has various entrances around the park, so it can easily be enjoyed as just a segment. The visitor center provides maps.
*Save your picnic until the later falls as there are a number of benches located behind a waterfall which provides a spectacular view.*
This canyon is one truly special place. The amazing thing is that it is so close to Salem. I went the day before Thanksgiving and encountered maybe 10 other people. The scenery is breathtaking, the trail is well maintained, the waterfalls are stunning. You will need to work for it on this one but it's worth every step.
Beautiful hike anytime of year. Lot's of people, but so many waterfalls to see. Fun walking behind the falls. Winter, when the falls are frozen, the icicles hanging glisten, summer with all the moss. Great family hike. Take a picnic, make it a day. You'll enjoy it.